397: What Kind of Therapy Is Right for Me?
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
1d ago
Hello, friends! In today’s episode, we dive deep into a listener’s question about finding the right therapy for a variety of complex mental health issues. This 29-year-old woman is struggling with childhood trauma, mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression, and relationship issues. She is also seeking guidance on possible autism/ADHD symptoms and needs help navigating the overwhelming array of therapy options available. We explore the IPA framework (Immediacy, Problem, Approach) to help her and others identify the most suitable types of therapy. Additionally, we discuss the diffe ..read more
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396: Her Doctor Failed Her - Privacy for Youth in Psychiatry, Suicidality Assessment, and Advocating for Your Past Self
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
1w ago
Hello, friends!   In today’s episode, we tackle a profound listener question that may resonate with many of you. A listener who survived a suicide attempt at 13 is considering reaching out to the pediatric psychiatrist who assessed them during their hospitalization. They feel that the presence of medical students during their assessment was inappropriate and impacted their honesty. They're seeking guidance on how to provide feedback and advocate for their younger self.   As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes for this episode ..read more
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395: Overcoming Agoraphobia, Common Exposure Mistakes, Amygdala Reactivity, and More
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
3w ago
Hello, friends!   In today’s episode, we tackle a profound listener question that may resonate with many of you.   A listener struggling with agoraphobia seeks guidance on overcoming their anxiety and finding motivation to pursue exposure exercises. They’ve been working with a therapist and taking anxiety medication but feel stuck. We explore the complexities of agoraphobia, the importance of prolonged exposure, and strategies for building motivation and support.   As always, you can send me questions to duffthepsych@gmail.com and find the full show notes for this episode at htt ..read more
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Episode 394: Finding Focus with ADHD & The Surprising Upside of Missing Medication
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
1M ago
Hello, friends!   In today’s episode, we tackle two thought-provoking listener questions that may resonate with many of you:   Cymbalta Conundrum: A listener shares their experience with Cymbalta, a medication prescribed for panic disorder. They noticed feeling amazing on days they forgot to take the medication, leading them to wonder if they truly needed it. We explore the concept of conditioned compensatory response, the effects of medication on the body, and the importance of gradual tapering.   ADHD Focus Struggles: Another listener struggles with focus and motivation despit ..read more
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Episode 393: When to Say I Love You & Numbness in Face After TBI
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
1M ago
Hello friends! In today’s episode, we explore the deep and complex emotions involved in expressing love within romantic relationships and the challenging path to recovery following a severe traumatic brain injury. We kick off with a question about the appropriate timing for saying “I love you” in a romantic context, especially considering cultural differences and personal challenges such as being on the autism spectrum. Our listener’s journey brings forward the importance of understanding personal feelings and the unique dynamics of each relationship. We then shift to an inspiring yet poignant ..read more
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Episode 392: Helping a Friend with OCD & Being Controlling After Moving In
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
1M ago
Hello friends! In today’s thoughtful episode, we tackle two profound listener questions that may resonate with many of you: Contemplating Harm OCD and Supporting a Friend: A listener shares their concerns about how to best support a friend struggling with harm OCD. They've noticed their attempts to help by offering reassurance or checking things for their friend might actually be counterproductive. We dive into the nature of OCD, the impact of well-meaning actions, and how to genuinely support someone without reinforcing their compulsive behavior. Finding Balance Amidst Life's Transitions: Ano ..read more
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Episode 391: Panic Disorder & Caregiving for a TBI
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
1M ago
Hello friends! In today’s episode, we tackle two interesting questions that delve into the heart of mental and emotional challenges many of us face. First, we explore the complex world of panic disorder through the eyes of a 24-year-old graduate student grappling with severe panic attacks. Their story illuminates the physical and psychological intensity of panic disorder, revealing how it transcends mere stress or anxiety to significantly disrupt daily life. We dissect the cycle of fear and avoidance intrinsic to panic disorder and discuss the critical importance of specialized care and therap ..read more
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Episode 390: Gender Identity in Therapy & Standing Up to Mom
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
2M ago
Hello friends! In today’s episode, we tackle two profound listener questions that may resonate with many of you: Dealing with Hurtful Family Comments: A listener is troubled by their mother's deeply hurtful comment, suggesting they have been a source of stress since birth. We explore the emotional impact of such comments, consider the role of health issues in behavior, and discuss strategies for coping and moving forward. Navigating Identity and Therapy: Another listener, a closeted trans man, shares their experience of coming out to their therapist and the mixed responses received. We del ..read more
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Episode 389: Am I Bugging My Therapist? & Abusive Ex Using Kids Against Me!
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
2M ago
Hello, friends! In today’s episode of the podcast, we dive deep into two incredibly relatable listener questions that touch on emotional and psychological challenges many of us might face. Our first discussion revolves around the complex emotions of worrying about one’s therapist. One listener shares their concern about being a burden by repeatedly discussing the same issues, particularly body dysmorphia, fearing it might negatively impact their therapist. We unravel this common fear, emphasizing the nature of therapy and the professional capacity of therapists to manage their own feelings and ..read more
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Episode 388: Building Emotional Intelligence & Partner is Afraid of Pictures
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
2M ago
Hello friends! In today’s episode, we dive into two listener queries that shine a light on the complexities of emotional experiences and relationships. First, we explore the journey of someone grappling with childhood emotional neglect, unpacking the long-term effects of growing up in an environment where emotions were disregarded and undervalued. Our listener shares their struggle with feeling emotionally disconnected and their quest for a path toward healing and emotional awareness. Then, we shift gears to discuss the challenges faced by a couple when one partner feels uncomfortable with bei ..read more
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